Blake Lapthorn Linnell has lost its leading corporate rainmaker, at the same time as the firm announces the axing of its three-lawyer children and education team.
Sean Wright, whose clients include Zurich, will join Shoosmiths on 4 May and will divide his time between the Southampton and Reading offices.
Meanwhile, Blake Lapthorn’s Fareham-based children and education group, headed by partner Sarah Palmer, will spin off and form its own firm, to be called The Children’s Legal Practice. The new firm is expected to begin trading by July this year. Blake Lapthorn will continue to offer matrimonial advice in Oxford and Portsmouth.
The moves come amid an ongoing strategic review, under which the firm is restructuring its practice along industry sector lines.
Four partners have now left the South East firm this year, following the departures of London licensing partner Lisa Inzani and former head of education in Oxford Derek Elsey.
Blake Lapthorn managing partner Walter Cha said: “The decision has been an amicable one and we shall continue to work alongside Sarah by referring this area of work to her.”